Israel’s air strikes against targets in Syria this weekend may signal the beginning of wider Israeli involvement in the two-year-old civil war that Syrian rebels have waged against the Assad regime. A Syrian official warned Sunday that Israel “will suffer” in retaliation for attacks that apparently targeted weapons shipments and a military research facility near Damascus.
The AP is reporting 2 dead after what appears to be a suicide bomber attack at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.
This marks the second U.S. Embassy attack in less than 6 months. On September 11, 2012, the U.S. Embassy in Libya was attacked, leaving 4 Americans dead.
The attack, adds to an already tense situation in the Middle East. As conditions continue to deteriorate in Syria, Turkey has become increasingly alarmed, as well as vocal against Syrian President, Bashar Hafez al-Assad. Most recently, Turkey has put into operation several Patriot missiles under NATO command.
In an effort to relieve tensions, Vice President Biden will focus heavily on Syria as he embarks on his European tour. Biden is scheduled to meet with Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib in Munich, Germany.